Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design is delighted to announce the opening of Bird in Residence, an exhibition by Takuro Kotaka. Bird in Residence is the culmination of Kotaka’s ten week residency at Whitecliffe in association with the S-AIR Award, which is awarded by NPO S-AIR, Sapporo, Japan. Kotaka (b. 1984) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. His videos and performances confront difficult questions of otherness, history and communication. By documenting his travels and experiences, he casts the people he encounters on the road as participants in his work, and as unwitting cultural ambassadors. The result is a communication breakdown which, though often humorous, addresses serious issues about the nature of cross-cultural interaction in a globalised world. In the lead-up to the exhibition, Kotaka will live in the space with ten white pigeons, who will act as collaborators in the work. The exhibition itself will present the evidence of their co-existence and their attempts to communicate with each other. During the show, Kotaka will also perform “Communication Room,” in which he will invite gallery visitors to create a cross-cultural dialogue with him. The only rule is that neither party can speak.
The exhibition runs from 21 – 24 March, 10am – 4pm. Kotaka will also give an artist talk at Pearce Gallery, on Wednesday 21 March at 3.30pm.
Kotaka will also be exhibiting at the Russian Frost Farmers Gallery in Wellington on 26th April at 7pm.